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Only 1,301 out of 13,618 pass Principals’ Test

The Department of Education (DepEd) announced that only 1,301 examiners out of the total 13,618 test takers “met the cut off score” in the 2013 Principals’ Test which was simultaneously administered in 16 regions nationwide earlier this year.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro, through DepEd Order Memorandum No. 53 series of 2014 dated May 8, 2014, congratulated all the passers of the examination. “The examination serves as a mechanism to select competent school heads in the public basic education sector that will perform their functions professionally upon assumption of duty,” he explained.

Originally scheduled on Dec. 8, 2013, the Principals’ Test, also known as the National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH), was postponed and was re-scheduled to Jan. 12, 2014 to “give many applicants sufficient time to cope with the succession of natural calamities especially those in the Visayas who suffered from a powerful earthquake and super-typhoon Yolanda.”

Aspiring principals in Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, IX, X, XII, Caraga, Cordillera Administrative Region, and National Capital Region were able to take the exams on Jan. 12 while those in Region VIII took the said exams last March 16.